How many BMW 333i models were made?

I’m doing a report on 1980s sports cars and came across a BMW I hadn’t heard of before: the 333i. It seems like they could be a rare model. How many of them were made?

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Mary Cahill · Answered on Jan 09, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
This is one of BMW’s rarest—only 204 BMW 333i models were made. This powerhouse coupe was manufactured exclusively for the South African market between 1985 and 1987.
The BMW 333i is part of the second generation of 3 Series known as E30, which was produced from 1982 to 1994. In the mid-80s, one of the most sought-after 3 Series models was the ultra-sporty E30 M3, but it wasn’t sold in South Africa.
To make up for this gap in the market, BMW South Africa teamed up with Bavarian auto parts manufacturer Alpina to produce the rare gem that is the 333i. The 333i’s body style is based on the 323i but it utilizes a more powerful engine—the M30B32—typically found in BMW’s 7 Series cars.
Since the 333i had such a big engine, buyers had to choose between power steering and air conditioning. Seeing as it was only sold in South Africa, the majority of 333is have air conditioning. Other notable 333i features include skinny, racing-style tires and a right-hand side steering column.
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